This is all that’s left from one pair of old jeans. Amazing, huh!!
And here is what I was able to harvest… All of this.
Backside with Outside Pockets
Front with Inside Pockets
Waistband with Belt Loops
Zipper, Zipper Flap and Metal Button
Waistline Panel (under the waistband)
Grommets (Hard to remove and clean up)
You need a really sharp pair of scissors for a clean cut. After cutting into the shape you wish, to stabilize the edges and keep from unraveling, do a quick zig zag.
Cut the largest “footprint” you can from each area without drifting into the next area.
Save every sizable piece trimmed off. You can use them as scraps for other projects. Store in a separate baggie to keep from unraveling.
Sew with a heavy duty needle. I am using a Denim Needle.
Use your Walking Foot to sew through the thickness.
Use your Zipper Foot to get close when sewing around the pockets.
Sew with a color thread that is close to your denim fabric but not an exact match. Will be hard to see the thread in case you have to rip it out.
Decide how you will work with or around rips and tears. I think they will give your item character. Consider leaving the hole/rip/tear there. You can cover it with a pocket or patch later if you end up hating it.
For variety, add cotton fabrics or flannel to your denim. Mix up the colors and patterns.
Consider removing the pocket from the backside pieces. To place elsewhere in your project. Or make your own pockets if you want more than the harvested ones.
My plan was to make earrings from the grommets.
BUT… it is really hard to pull the fabric from them. I am thinking maybe burn (safely, controlled) the fabric. Not sure if fire will damage the metal. We’ll see. I will do it outdoors.
I should be able to make at least four projects from one pair of jeans. You will have to come back to see what all I make.
Item #1. Finished 6-16-11.
Used one leg, 2 outside pockets, waistband with loops, back section attached under waistband (not sure what it is called).